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The Net Loft Shorebird Workshops: Maryjo Koch

About The Artist

Working from her studio in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains, Maryjo Koch is widely regarded among the world's most accomplished naturalist painters. Largely self-taught, Maryjo began her career doing renderings as an environmental designer, but soon returned to her childhood fascination with the world of nature.

Maryjo is an artist whose work combines authority and enchantment, and her paintings and private commissions are featured in galleries and museums from North America to Asia. She has illustrated 18 books that are treasured and collected by people all around the world.

Maryjo began teaching nature painting at both the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and at Monterey's renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. She now conducts workshops at her studio in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 Maryjo Koch-Western Flycatcher Nest


  • Cabrillo College-AA Degree
  • San Jose State University-BA Degree Interior Design


  • Commercial Artist- Sky Corporation, Stockton, 1965
  • Interior Renderer- Robert Ferguson Associates, Environmental Designer San Francisco, 1966-1968
  • Illustrator/Artist- Formed MK GRAPHICS in 1985
  • Nature Painting Teacher-The Academy of Science in San Francisco
  • Nature Painting Teacher-Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Nature Painting Teacher-UCSC Scientific Illustration Program
  • Nature Painting Teacher-Modesto Junior College
  • Nature Painting Teacher-Local Secondary Schools
  • Nature Painting Teacher-The Wild Teachers Wildlife Sanctuary in Half Moon Bay
  • Nature Painting Teacher-Maryjo's Studio


  • San Jose State University Award of Merit Art Department, 1963
  • National Society of Interior Designers Scholarship Award SJSU, 1963
  • Design Award for The Book Cover of Bird Egg Feather Nest
  • Graphis Design Book, 1994
  • Scientific American Young Readers Book Award for Pond Lake River Sea,1995
  • Scientific American Young Readers Book Award for Dragonfly Beetle Butterfly Bee,1997


  • Book: Bird Egg Feather Nest, Stewart Tabori Chang, 1992
  • Featured Article, Bird and Hand, Victoria Magazine, 1994
  • Book: Pond Lake River Sea, Collins Publishers, 1994
  • Book: Tea- Delectables For All Seasons, Collins Publishers, 1995
  • Book: Coffee- Delectables For All Seasons, Collins Publishers, 1995
  • Book: Safari, My Trip To Africa By Reginald Oliver Smythe, Traveling Bear Press, 1995
  • Book: Seed Leaf Flower Fruit, Collins Publishers, 1995
  • Book: Dragonfly Beetle Butterfly Bee, Collins Publishers, 1996
  • Book: Herbs- Delectables For All Seasons, Collins Publishers, 1997
  • Book: Spices- Delectables For All Seasons, Collins Publishers, 1997
  • Featured Article, An Eye For Detail, Garden Ideas And Outdoor Living Magazine, 1998
  • Book: Web Of Water- Life in Redwood Creek by Maya Kaosla, Golden Gate Park Service, 1998
  • Featured Article, An Artist's View, Country Living Gardener Magazine, July/August 1999
  • Book: The Nest- An Artist's Sketchbook, Stewart Tabori Chang, 1999
  • Book: Journey Up The Nile, My Trip To Egypt, by R.O.Smythe, Traveling Bear Press, 1999
  • Book: Pansy Goes To Paris, Traveling Bear Press, 2005
  • Book: Flight Plan, Andrews McMeel, 2007
  • Book: Vintage Collage Works, Quarry, 2007
  • Book: Clarence Goes To The Chelsea Flower Show, Traveling Bear Press, 2008
  • Book: Friendship, Andrews McMeel, 2009
  • Book: Vintage Collage Journals, Quarry, 2009
  • Book: Nesting Instincts, Andrews McMeel, Spring 2010


  • Art From Bird Egg Feather Nest- International Migratory Bird Day at Golden Gate Park Audubon Art Show Tiburon Audubon Head Quarters, 1993
  • Art Show: Feathers And Eggs Dandelion in San Francisco, 1993
  • Birds Of A Feather Featured Artist Works from Bird Egg Feather Nest with Audubon Originals California Academy Of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 1993
  • Solo Art Show: Published Works From Pond Lake River Sea California Academy Of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, 1994
  • Birds In Paradise: Art From Bird Egg Feather Nest Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, UCSC, 1995
  • Solo Art Show: Maryjo Koch Book Images Ohlone College Art Gallery, Fremont, 1997
  • Group Show: IV Centuries Of Birds In Paintings, Sculpture and Fine Prints Two Paintings FromThe Nest: An Artists Sketchbook Represented by Clarke Galleries Stowe, Vermont: December 2003 Palm Beach, Florida: January 2004 New York, New York: April 2004